Hi again Elizabeth,
I found a birth certificate on Family Search for the birth of an unnamed son of EJ Smith and Lillie Parsons on 8 April 1912 in Stacy, McCulloch County, Texas. The unnamed son is my great grandfather, "Davey/Davy Stirman Smith." Here's the citation for it:
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch(https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-61D9-3G2 : accessed 27 October 2023), certificate image, unnamed Smith, 8 April 1912, certificate 49589; Texas Department of Health, Austin.
I figured his birth certificate was eventually amended, so I contacted the Vital Statistics Section of Texas Department of State Health Services and asked if I needed to include any additional information for this situation before ordering a copy. I followed their instructions and mailed in my order, so I could include the information they needed.
Well, I finally received a "certified" copy, but it was just the same version of the image I found on FamilySearch! lol
I talked with my aunt, who checked her family papers and found a copy of what I initially thought was his amended birth certificate. However, after further consideration, that doesn't seem quite right. Shouldn't it have a certificate number? Could it be the application for an amended certificate (or part of one)?
What do you think? Is this an amended copy of his birth certificate? Should I keep trying to obtain a... more original (?) version of his birth cert?
Would I cite the "certified" copy I ordered as:
Texas Department of State Health Services, birth certificate no. 49589 (8 April 1912? or 1912?), unnamed son of EJ Smith and Lillie Parsons; Vital Statistics Office, Austin.
How would I cite the amended birth certificate (or whatever it is)? Here's how I cited his wife's birth certificate, who also had the original amended:
Oklahoma State Department of Health, amended birth certificate no. 62398 (1967), Myrna Mildred McCorcle, formerly "not named," born on 7 July 1916; citing birth certificate no. 014288; Office of Vital Records, Oklahoma City.
I can't really follow that format in this case, though, right? Would I cite it as an affidavit? Family artifact?
Thanks so much for your help!!